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Why Has Congressman McHenry Been Subpoenaed?

A small mystery that I can’t find the answer to: This week in the congressional record, Patrick McHenry made an official declaration that he needs to go to North Carolina because he has been subpoenaed to testify in a civil case. McHenry stated,

“DEAR MADAM SPEAKER: This is to notify you formally, pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, that I have been served with a subpoena for deposition testimony issued by the District court of Caldwell, State of North Carolina in connection with a civil case now pending in the same court.

After consultation with the Office of General Counsel, I will make the determinations required by Rule VIII. “

I presumed that word of a member of the United States House of Representatives being served with a subpoena would catch the eye of a journalist somewhere, or at least a curious citizen living in McHenry’s district. Yet, I can find no news article, blog entry or other sources of information describing why Congressman McHenry has been subpoenaed to testify in a district court in North Carolina.

Can anyone familiar with the case fill me in? What’s going on with Congressman McHenry?

The Justia system tells me:

“Case Number: 5:2009mc00005
Filed: September 28, 2009

Court: North Carolina Western District Court
Office: Statesville Office [ Court Info ]
County: Alexander
Presiding Judge: District Judge Richard Voorhees
Referring Judge: Magistrate Judge David Keesler

Nature of Suit: Other Statutes – Other”

To get any more information, I’d have to log in through the PACER system, at 8 cents a page. I’d like some indication that it will be worth my while before I go any further, however.

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